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by Borderstan.com June 30, 2012 at 4:00 pm 0

"Wind Damage"

The alley between T and U Streets on 13th Street NW: Six houses suffered wind damage from the late-night June 29 wind and rain storm. (Jerry Schultz)

See more photos of Friday night’s storm damage in the Dupont-Logan-U Street area area on Flickr.

The wind gusts on Friday night, June 29, only lasted 10 to 15 minutes. But with wind gusts at 70-plus miles per hour, the brief wind storm, followed by a hard rain, did extensive damage in the DC metro area. The Borderstan area seemed to miss the worst of the storm damage, but there were still a number of downed trees and large tree limbs in local streets. What unusual was that residents in downtown areas who usually never lose their electric power did so Friday night. Some residents reported they still had power, but lost their Internet and cable connections.

Pepco power lines in the Borderstan area mostly underground, which means the neighborhood rarely looses power even when outer DC neighborhoods and suburbs do — trees cannot take down a buried power line. A quick drive around the Borderstan area showed large trees or large limbs down on a number of streets, including 13th Street NW just north of Logan Circle and at the intersection of New Hampshire Avenue and 18th Street NW.

Pepco serves customers in DC and Maryland, and according to a DC Alert, “Friday night’s violent windstorm that ripped through the Washington area has devastated the Pepco electric system, leaving more than 443,000 of Pepco’s 788,000 customers without power. Due to the widespread damage and the large number of outages, the power restoration effort is expected to take several days.”

Across the Potomac in Virginia, Dominion Electric serves 831,000 customers in the Northern Virginia area and 367,000 were still without power as of 7:30 pm today.

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by Borderstan.com June 30, 2012 at 7:30 am 0

Borderstan

Borderstan: News from Dupont-Logan-U Street.

Borderstan thanks this weeks advertisers for their support. Remember to Think Local First and support local businesses in DC and the Dupont-Logan-U Street neighborhood. Get information about advertising on Borderstan.com.

Aura Spa: “Aura Spa at VIDA Fitness is DC’s most unique urban boutique neighborhood oasis — a chic Washington, DC neighborhood day spa for men & women.” At the Metropole, 1517 15th Street NW and the Renaissance Hotel, 999 9th Street NW.

The Bike Rack: The Bike Rack is a full service independent bicycle dealer at 1412 Q Street NW. “Our passion is cycling and our goal is to offer outstanding service to a wide variety of cyclists and athletes by creating a friendly and welcoming atmosphere in our shop.”

Clean Currents: “Take a stand for clean energy. Find out how to go solar at home.” Green Energy solutions with locally based Clean Currents.

Mike Brown/McEnearney Associates: “Every member of your family is important. If you and your pets are considering a move, learn more about our program today!”

DC Noodles: “Our noodles come from authentic Thai recipes that we love back home. Thailand may not be known as “noodle country” but when we think of food, we think noodles. Pad Thai anyone?” At 1410 U Street NW.

Floriana Restaurant: “Floriana Restaurant is about friends and family. We are an independently owned Italian bistro serving dishes made with seasonal ingredients sourced from local producers, and we pride ourselves on our menu, service and passion for food. Floriana Restaurant has received an Opentable.com Diner’s Choice Award for the past 18 months in a row.” At 1602 17th Street NW.

Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe: “Kramerbooks & Afterwords Cafe is DC’s only full-service restaurant and complete bar combined with an independent bookstore.” Just north of Dupont Circle at 1517 Connecticut Avenue NW.

Local 16: “Happy Hour from 5 to 8 pm, Monday through Friday. $5 appetizers. $5 beer, wine, cocktails and menu.” At 1602 U Street NW.

MOVA Lounge: Enjoy MOVA’s new rooftop terrace and bar and be sure to check MOVA’s list of daily specials as well as their live entertainment. At the northwest corner of 14th and W Streets NW on the 14th Street corridor.

Pizza No. 17: Dinner Special, Monday through Friday (Dine-in only)… any bottle of wine and two personal 8″ Pizzas for $39.95.” At 1523 17th Street NW.

Rice: “I have collaborated with our two chefs, Phannarai Promprasert and Big Sriyuthana to create a menu that offers both traditional and contemporary Thai cuisine in a very simple setting with minimal decor in the Logan Circle neighborhood of Washington, DC.” At 1608 14th Street NW.

Jo Ricks/City Houses: “Serving downtown buyers and sellers since 1979.This Realtor Is Not Your Average Jo.”

The Rutstein Group: A Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage. “In today’s market it’s important that your agent has the latest technology working for you! Drop us an email and tell us what you are looking for.” Office at 1606 17th Street NW.

VIDA Fitness: “Start a new fitness plan or continue in your fitness journey with VIDA Fitness at any of our 5 downtown urban chic fitness clubs. Change the way you look, feel and think about fitness.” In the Borderstan area, VIDA is at 1612 U Street NW and at the Metropole, 1517 15th Street NW.

Washington Fine Properties: “Washington Fine Properties (WFP) is recognized as one of the most successful carriage-trade real estate firms in the United States. One hundred of the most powerful agents in the Nation’s Capital Region combine their expertise to provide unequaled brokerage services to both buyers and sellers.”

Chen Wen/Fairfax Realty: “Chen Wen has been a long time Dupont-Logan resident, having lived here since before Whole Foods was a reality. With more than 20 years of real estate experience, Wen takes pride in the fact that his clients keep coming back to him for their real estate needs.”

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by Borderstan.com June 29, 2012 at 9:00 pm 7 Comments

Borderstan, Dogs, Heat

High summer temperatures can be fatal for dogs. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Tori Tyree.

 This column originally ran May 26, 2011.

It’s almost summertime in D.C. It’s time for barbeques, trips to the beach, and street festivals and many people love to bring their dogs along on their adventures. But, please be aware that there could be some serious summertime dangers for your dog if you aren’t careful!

My biggest pet peeve is seeing dogs out during the hottest part of the day, walking around on hot asphalt or sitting tied up to a café fence. Meanwhile, the owners are eating and drinking with their friends — and not paying attention to the fact that the dog is showing signs of distress.

And believe me, I’ve had a number of conversations with people that really just didn’t know how dangerous it is for a dog to be out in the sun all day — even with water bottles and shade provided!

If dogs cannot expel enough of this heat, their internal body temperature starts to rise. Once the temperature reaches 106 degrees, internal organs start to fail in what is usually an irreversible shutdown of the body.

Short nosed dogs such as Pugs and Bulldogs are the most susceptible to heat stroke since their noses are not long enough to actually cool the air they breathe in. If the temperature is 90 degrees or above, these breeds should be limited to five minutes outside.

Signs of Heat Stroke in Dogs

The following signs may indicate heat stroke in a dog:

  • vigorous panting
  • dark red gums
  • dry mucus membranes
  • thick saliva
  • laying down (or unwilling) to get up
  • dizziness
  • collapse
  • increased temperature (104 degrees requires action, 106 is a dire emergency)

Heat Stroke: What to Do

If you suspect Heat Stroke, here is what you need to do for your dog:

  • Move your dog out of the heat immediately.
  • Cool your dog by placing cool wet rags on her body, especially around the pads of feet and head.
  • Do not use ice or very cold water. This can actually cause the blood vessels to constrict and further raise the body temperature.
  • Stop cooling the body at 103 degrees. Over-cooling can cause another host of problems!
  • Offer cool water, but do not force your dog to drink.
  • Visit the vet right away. Even if you don’t see any problems, internal organs may be stressed and the animal needs to be checked out.

Luckily, there are a lot of daylight hours in the summer so you can enjoy time outdoors with your pup in the mornings and evenings. Use common sense, know the warning signs, and trust me — your dog is probably happier to skip that festival and lounge on your couch in the air conditioner anyway!

by Borderstan.com June 29, 2012 at 2:00 pm 0

"Borderstan""Galleries"

Borderstan Galleries (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Luis Gomez. Catch his photos at One Photograph A Day. Follow him on Twitter @LuisGomezPhotos.

Beat the heat this weekend by visiting art galleries in the Borderstan area. Get listings and details for 14 galleries below.

Closing this weekend: “An Architect’s Dream” closes Saturday, June 30 at the Curator’s Office.

Closing next weekend: “Sean Lynch: Bandits in the Ruins” closes Saturday, July 7 at Transformer.

Get more details on the art 14 galleries in the Logan-Shaw-U Street area below.

Adamson Gallery at 1515 14th Street NW

  • Check the website for upcoming exhibitions.
  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 11:30 am to 5 pm; Saturday, noon to 5 pm.

Ann Loeb Bronfman Gallery, DC Jewish Community Center, 1529 16th Street NW

  • “Graphic Details: Confessional Comics by Jewish Women” runs  through September 2.
  • Gallery Hours: Sunday through Thursday, 10 am to 10 pm; Friday, 10 am to 4 pm.

[email protected] at 1830 14th Street NW

  • “Debitum Naturae” by Boys be Good runs through July 17.
  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Friday, 11 am to 6 pm; Saturday, 11 am to 5 pm; and by appointment.

Contemporary Wing at 1412 14th Street NW

  • “Off The Wall:  A Collector Forum” opens July 25 and runs through August 4.
  • Gallery Hours: Call the gallery for hours at (202) 730-5037.

Curator’s Office at 1515 14th Street NW

  • An Architect’s Dream” closes Saturday, June 30.
  • Overview: “Curated by Todd Levin. Artists include: Joseph Cornell, Rashid Johnson, Pipilotti Rist, Haim Steinbach.” (Curator’s Office)
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm.

gallery plan b at 1530 14th Street NW

  • S.C.A.M.P”  runs through July 22.
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 7 pm; Sunday, 1 to 5 pm.

Hamiltonian Gallery at 1353 U Street NW

  • “Fellows Converge: The Obstruction” runs through August 11.
  • Overview: The obstructions operate as useful critiques of existing work and challenge future work. Eight fellows, eight obstructions: It was agreed that each Fellow would choose three obstructions from a menu of eight, devised by the collective group. (My anaconda don’t want none…).” (Hamiltonian Gallery)
  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm.

harmon art lab at 1716 14th Street NW, 2nd Floor

  • Gallery Hours: Call for an appointment; gallery staff is in the building Monday through Friday during business hours.

Hemphill at 1515 14th Street NW

  • William Willis’ “Keeping It Alive” runs through July 28
  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Saturday, 10 am to 5 pm, or by appointment.

Hillyer Art Space at 9 Hillyer Court NW

  • “Celebrating Six Years of Hillyer Artists″
  • Overview: “More than 80 past Hillyer artists’ works will be on view at the Hillyer Art Space, which are also available for purchase.” (Hillyer Art Space)
  • Gallery Hours: Tuesday through Friday noon to 6 pm; Saturday and Monday, noon to 5 pm; and by appointment.

Joan Hisaoka Healing Arts Gallery at 1632 U Street NW

  • “Messages from Outsiderdom” features the untamed works of Brian Dowdall, Bob Benson, Darien Reece, T.S. Young, J.J. Cromer, Lawrence Amos, Jesus Montes, Charlie Lucas, Jane Pettit, Lee Wheeler, Matt Sesow, and David Kane and runs through August 18.
  • Overview: “Visionary artists reveal their untamed realities using fur, bottle caps, sand, neon bark, and junk! Check out our most raw and fabulously wacky show yet!” (Joan Hisaoka Gallery)
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Friday, 11 am to 5 pm; Saturday, 11 am to 3 pm; and by appointment.

Long View Gallery at 1234 9th Street NW

  • Eve Stockton‘s work runs through July 15.
  • Overview: “Stockton’s multi-layered wood block prints represent a unique approach to a traditional process. Her studies in science and love of nature combine to create a contemporary and unexpected result. The scale of these works is mesmerizing, a true testament to her mastery of this art form.” (Long View Gallery)
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, 11 am to 6 pm; Sunday, noon to 5 pm.

Project 4 Gallery at 1353 U Street NW

  • A new exhibition opens July 21 featuring Guest Curator,  Sheldon Scott.
  • Gallery Hours: Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 6 pm.

Transformer Gallery at 1404 P Street NW

  • “Sean Lynch: Bandits in the Ruins” runs through July 7.
  • Overview: “Sean will be presenting video, photography and more at Transformer’s project space investigating and reflecting upon the methods, understandings and representations involved in dealing with contents of history.” (Transformer)
  • Gallery Hours: Check the website.

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by Borderstan.com June 29, 2012 at 12:00 pm 0

From Candida Mannozzi. You can reach her at candida[AT]borderstan.com.

Featured image of Dupont Circle Fountain by Candida Mannozzi.

Borderstan, we’ve been lucky with the heat, so far, this summer — until now, it appears. In fact, with the more typical DC temps and humidity suddenly upon us, I’m reminded of how good we’ve really had it. The Mallard Duck I recently spotted bathing in the Dupont Circle fountain instantly evoked a number of memories from my summers growing up in Italy.

The first image was literally a transposition of the duck-bathing-in-Dupont-fountain: I remembered the many tourists literally cooling their heels in Italian marble fountains (or worse, stepping over the ledge to soak in them completely).

"Tomatoes and Lemons"

Dining al fresco on the appropriate summer foods was important as a child in Italy. (dracisk in the Borderstan Flickr pool)

While this may be a welcome relief to the tourists, we Italians, by and large, really don’t appreciate the spectacle, nor do we enjoy this misuse and disrespect for what are, in many cases, historic sculptures. We locals usually go past such scenes thinking or even muttering: “I’d like to try that in your main piazza’s fountain back in Switzerland, Germany, fill-in-the-blank… and not be hauled off by the municipal police!”

But back to the cooling memories: another is of the delicious “granite” (pronounced: grah-KNEE-tay), called sno-cones here. Some of the favorite flavors among Italian children are lemon, mint, sour cherry and coconut. I remember the ambulating vendors, their call as they pushed an umbrella-shaded cart: “Eccole! Le graniiiiiteeeeee!” working their way up and down the seaside promenades. They would stop whenever a flock of children or families gathered around them.

The ice was shaved into a little pyramid off a huge block, the syrup poured over it liberally. Then, it was all scooped up and served in a pointy cup made of twisted wax paper. Often mothers cautioned the vendor not to give the kids too much sugar by going easy on the syrup (try putting any bambini down for their afternoon nap after a dose of THAT!).

Grownups found refreshment in various aperitivi, like the bittersweet “Campari e soda,” or the citrus-flavored “Aperol.” White wine (the cheaper table wine variety, mind you!) was sometimes lengthened with sparkling mineral water. Ice cubes were rare (they are gaining some traction now), so most drinks were just fridge-cold or cellar-cool.

During the summertime, dinners started much later in the evening, to allow an appetite to really build. Who wants to eat in the blistering heat, after all? It was not uncommon to sit down to dinner around 9 pm or later, having also slept for a few hours during the hottest part of the afternoon in a shaded room or hallway, with a cross-breeze blowing over cooling tile or marble floors.

Summertime meals started with slices of prosciutto and chilled “melone” (cantaloupe) or figs, or with a helping of the famous Caprese salad made of  alternate mozzarella and tomato slices, dressed in basil leaves, salt, pepper and olive oil (if I hear you pouring vinegar on this, I am coming after you!). What a great way to rehydrate and also replenish the sodium that the summer heat had sapped from us, as we played and perspired outside in the sun!

A favorite seaside breakfast was yesterday’s not-so-fresh bread, sliced, toasted, rubbed with the open face of a halved garlic clove, and then covered in the dark red, meaty, sweet diced tomatoes that abounded in the summer. Basil leaves, a pinch of salt and a light circle of olive oil topped the whole thing off: viva la bruschetta! The moisture from the tomatoes and olive oil softened the bread, though we could still feel the crunch of the toasted crust, the oil and tomato juices would go running down our cheeks and chins with each bite. We gobbled down kilos!

Washing-up? We just hit the sea.

But the most fun came from eating watermelon. We held a variety of contests with the seeds, either measuring spitting distance, or target accuracy, or pinching their pointy end to make them flip up in the air and (hopefully) plink rewardingly into a bowl or glass. On some occasions, the competition was about volume of seed-volleys: a few kids (and dads!) were true pros at conjuring almost machine-gun like effects with a mouthful of seeds. Don’t come near me with those seedless watermelons, they may be organic, but they’re sad, genetically modified freaks to me! Not to mention witnessing the hilarious effect of people arguing over a disputed target hit or other disagreement through a mouthful of juicy, oozing watermelon…

Most summertime dishes were served cold or at room temperature, and had been prepared that morning, sparing the cooks any work over heated ovens or stoves in the hotter hours. Some favorites were the stuffed tomatoes or peppers (pomodori ripieni, peperoni ripieni) filled with rice salad, or rice-and-mincemeat, or tuna salad), meatballs (tiny, rolled in bread crumbs for a lovely crisp finish, flavored with herbs, garlic and some hot pepper flakes… some even had melted mozzarella in their center), capponata (a vegetable medley similar to the French ratatouille — though, forgive me, way better!), and of course myriad pasta salad variations.

I remember the excitement of being able to play with the other kids late into the night, feeling the cool nighttime breeze as we found our way around in the darker shadows and splashes of moonlight, guided by the scent of a jasmine hedge or a lavender bush, tip-toeing or running, crackling over the rough needles of the fragrant Mediterranean Pines, while the grownups remained within earshot at the table, chatting, laughing, sharing the last bit of cellar-cool wine.

Borderstan, my nostalgia aside, what are some of your favorite summer cooling-off activities or recipes? Share, will you?

by Borderstan.com June 29, 2012 at 10:00 am 0

"Peaches"

What you’ll need to make a Sweet and Savory Peach and Barley Salad.
 (Chelsea Rinnig)

From Chelsea Rinnig. Email her at chelsea[AT}borderstan.com

There’s nothing more reminiscent of summer vacation than eating a ripe peach–the kind that bursts as soon as your teeth break into the fuzzy skin, oozing syrupy juice between your fingers.

In my humble opinion, if you have to pick and choose what to buy, put down that bundle of kale for the umpteenth month in a row and go ahead and buy a pound (or five) of peaches. Stone fruits are just coming into their peak at the market, be it in the sour June cherries or the abundance of peaches, nectarines, plums and apricots that will be around for the next couple of months.

The peaches at market right now are so fragrant and ripe that it’s a challenge to resist eating them right on the spot. I hardly had the patience as a child and certainly don’t all these years later (*see recent blotchy orange stains in my laundry).

However, if you manage to get some home, I personally recommend trying out your peaches in a savory dish.  They are wonderful roasted–on top of salads or pizza–and this time I put mine into a healthy, barley-based grain salad that utilizes the sweet juice of the peaches in place of any dressing whatsoever. You will be the envy of all your coworkers when you bring leftovers in for lunch. All of the ingredients in this recipe can be found at the Dupont Farmers Market on Sundays!

Sweet and Savory Peach and Barley Salad

Serves 3 as an appetizer or 2 for lunch

Ingredients

  • 1 large, ripe peach
  • 2 sweet red onions
  • ½ cup uncooked, hulled barley
  • 1 bunch purple basil (though green works too)
  • Pinch of salt and pepper
  • Oil of your preference (I used flaxseed oil)
  • A couple handfuls of greens such as spinach or chopped romaine lettuce

Preparation 

  1. Rinse and drain the uncooked barley under cold water. Bring three parts water to one part barley to a boil and reduce to a simmer. It will take about an hour for the barley to fully absorb the water.
  2. Wash and pat dry basil. Finely chop onions and basil. Combine with oil, salt, pepper and cooked barley.
  3. Cup peach away from the pit into chunks.
  4. Serve grain mixture over bed of greens and top with peaches, serve and revel!

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by Borderstan.com June 29, 2012 at 8:00 am 0

Saturday at 15th and P NW: The Big DuPont Market. (Luis Gomez Photos)

From Chelsea Rinnig. Email her at chelsea[AT}borderstan.com

This Saturday, June 30, Chef Kenac Productions hosts the The Big DuPont Market Fair at the corner of 15th and P Streets NW, in the parking lot of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church. The Facebook page features some of the items you can expect to find for sale.

Rescheduled from the original June 16 date, the event features local vendors, including Doors to Africa, De Nada Designs, Pet Tag Creations and other artisans and crafters.

Spend some time outside, grab a new barbecue sauce or piece of artwork and brunch outside in the open air of the heart of the Borderstan neighborhood!

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by Borderstan.com June 29, 2012 at 6:00 am 0

"We Are Gonna Make It After All"

“We Are Gonna Make It After All” is by ekelly80 from the Borderstan Flickr pool.

Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.

Today’s photo, “We Are Gonna Make It After All” was taken by ekelly80 on June 21 in Dupont Circle.

If you don’t already have a Flickr account, you will need to sign up for one, and then join the Borderstan Reader Photos group. Already a Flickr member? Join the group! You can submit up to five photos per day in the Borderstan reader pool. We are looking for photos from D.C.’s Dupont, Logan and U Street neighborhoods.

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by Borderstan.com June 28, 2012 at 4:00 pm 0

News from Dupont-Logan-U Street

From Alden Leonard. Contact him at alden[AT]borderstan.com and follow him @aldenleonard on Twitter.

DCist gets up close and personal with Calvin, aka the “Titan of Trinidad,” a blogger covering the up-and-coming Northeast DC neighborhood that lies north of the H Street NE corridor.

Although it’s only a couple of weeks old, Titan of Trinidad is gaining considerable buzz due to its quirky take on one of the city’s original neighborhood blogs. And it doesn’t hurt that Calvin was one of the first to break the story on a new Ben’s Chili Bowl location coming to H Street NE.

Despite the name’s similarity to local blog, Prince of Petworth, Calvin insists “Titan of Trinidad” is all his own creative fruit. Try it for yourself — and the DCist article is a good read, too!

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by Borderstan.com June 28, 2012 at 2:00 pm 2 Comments

In this edition of Borderstan People, we talk to Tim Christensen, the current president of the Logan Circle Community Association (LCCA), and a 23-year resident of the Logan neighborhood. Christensen discusses life two decades ago in what is now arguably DC’s “It Neighborhood” — and also shares what he thinks, and hopes, is next for Logan Circle.

Borderstan: First, the basics. Where are you from and how did you end up in DC, particularly Logan Circle?

"Tim Christensen"

Tim Christensen in Logan Circle. (Luis Gomez Photos)

Christensen: I grew up in Midland, Michigan, lived in Ann Arbor for 13 years, and moved to DC to start a new job in 1987. Walter and I met in 1988 and bought our first home together in 1989.

Borderstan: You’ve been in Logan Circle since 1989. Not sure else how to put it, but Logan was the “gentrification frontier” of the time, wasn’t it?

Christensen: In 1989, as the crack cocaine epidemic peaked, we didn’t know for sure whether the neighborhood was headed up or down. Drug dealing and prostitution were still rampant. That had already begun to change for the better as more and more adventurous folks joined the “pioneers” who spearheaded neighborhood reconstruction under the leadership of the Logan Circle Community Association.

Borderstan: There’s lots of discussion about how Logan Circle (and DC) have changed in the last decade. But, we’d like your prediction of what is next for the neighborhood? What’s the next version of Logan Circle? What does it look like?

Christensen: The next version of Logan Circle is a vibrant, safe neighborhood that attracts young families — straight and gay — who want to raise their children here and send them to DC Public Schools. The community association is working with the parents on that. We must also do everything we can as individuals and a community to preserve diversity in all its dimensions.

Borderstan: What’s your prediction for the retail scene on the 14th Street corridor? It seems we are entering Phase 3.0 now — does that mean the arrival of chain stores, such as Gap?

Christensen: The risk is there. Small businesses often become victims of their own success as rents rise and big-box opportunities emerge. We must all — and I mean the DC government as well as private citizens, developers, and landlords — support our small businesses in every way we can to preserve the uniqueness of Logan Circle. The arts, particularly theatre and galleries, are crucial to the effort, as are our many boutique stores.

Borderstan: You’re president of LCCA. The organization seems to be making a very aggressive push to recruit the many new, young residents in Logan. Tell us about that.

Christensen: We’re determined to engage Millennials and succeeding generations. The key is to meet everyone where they are and offer opportunities to engage that are appealing. Maybe sitting in weeknight meetings isn’t the wave of the future. One way or another, we need to encourage everyone to shun anonymity and be an active participant in the community. Opportunities for service abound, and we want to tap into that potential.

Borderstan: Favorite places to eat and hang out?

Christensen: Stoney’s! And for fine dining, Cork Wine Bar, with frequent forays to Estadio, Masa 14 and Pearl Dive. Commissary is also a fun place for hanging out.

Borderstan: What are the Top 3 things you love about Logan Circle?

Christensen: (1) The welcoming, inclusive “village” appeal. (2) Logan Circle Park and our fabulous tree canopy (thanks, Marc Fallow and the Park Service!) and (3) That cool grocery store just around the corner on P Street

Borderstan: What have we missed?

Christensen: I was recently quoted in the New York Times as saying I would leave Logan Circle when the last pawnshop and storefront deli closed. Actually, I have no intention of moving, but would rue the day that Logan lost all its grit. The urban downtown vibe is part of what sets us apart and we don’t want to lose that.

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by Borderstan.com June 28, 2012 at 1:15 pm 0

Smith Center will hold a flash sale this weekend at 1632 U Street NW. (Borderstan).

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com

If you weren’t able to make it to last week’s pop-up boutique at the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, then fear not. The Center will hold a flash sale this weekend to clear out its designer inventory (including pieces by Oscar de la Renta, Yves Saint Laurent, Diane Von Furstenberg and Kate Spade), and to raise more money to benefit programs for community members living with cancer.

Throughout the weekend, almost every item will be 50% off. The Smith Center for Healing and the Arts’ boutique will be open on Friday, June 29 and Saturday, June 30 from 11 am until 6 pm.

Last weekend’s sales event raised over $5,000. One hundred percent of proceeds from the event benefit the Smith Center, located at 1628 U Street NW.

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by Borderstan.com June 28, 2012 at 12:00 pm 0

From Alden Leonard. Contact him at alden[AT]borderstan.com and follow him @aldenleonard on Twitter.

DCist reported Monday that Councilmember Marion Barry has withdrawn his opposition to finalizing the H Street NE streetcar project. The initiative, which will place trolley-like cars along the up-and-coming H Street commercial district, was put in limbo last week by Barry’s disapproval of the final $50 million contract needed to complete construction.

"DC Streetcar"

Don’t bet on streetcars for Borderstan. (Luis Gomez Photos, file photo)

Those involved with the project feared Barry’s opposition would delay a planned July 2013 inauguration of the streetcar system, and are no doubt breathing a sigh of relief at this news.

The last DC streetcar line stopped running in 1962, and their return is perhaps one of the city’s most covered public works topics in recent years. In addition to the H Street line, The DC Department of Transportation (DDOT) has started construction of streetcar service in Anacostia, with service expected in fall 2012.

The original streetcar system plans called for lines on 14th and U S Streets NW, with plans showing a 14th Street line that would connect to lines on K Street NW and U Street NW. However, the U Street Streetscape work underway makes no provisions for streetcars, nor does the dormant 14th Street upgrading. In other words, don’t bet the house on streetcar tracks in Borderstan any time soon.

Not to say Barry is against progress, of course. In a statement released this week, Barry defended his now-ceded stance on streetcars, saying the projects puts undue emphasis on “newcomers” and take funds from the most neglected parts of the city (including his own Ward). “I am attempting to protect the tax-payer,” Barry insisted.

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by Borderstan.com June 28, 2012 at 10:00 am 0

"Eatonville"

Eatonville  is at 14th and V Streets NW. (Sarah Lipman)

From Sarah Lipman. You can email her at sarah[AT]@borderstan.com.

A good and greasy piece of fried chicken has been known to melt my heart. So admittedly, Eatonville is my kind of place.

Inspired by Zora Neale Hurston and named for her Florida hometown, Eatonville delivers dependably delicious southern cooking. Bold, bright murals cover the walls, and chintzy touches such as scattered rocking chairs set the southern ambiance.

With a mix of Motown greats like Marvin Gaye playing in the background, we started our meal off right with a couple of cocktails. On the sweeter side, cocktails at Eatonville have funky names like “Daisy Lemonade” and “Grown and Sexy,” the latter of which I almost ordered just for the fun of it.

An order of the honey-cornbread muffins served with sweet whipped butter is a must; an order of four muffins costs only $2. While unfailingly southern, the menu does feature a shocking number of healthy options, such as cauliflower and goat cheese spinach salad, vegan gumbo, and pan-fried tofu with mushrooms. That being said, if you’re here, I say go for it — if it has “fried” in the name or description, it’s almost certainly tasty.

The fried green tomato starter is served with avocado and has a surprisingly spicy kick of oil. Southern fried chicken arrives on a plate chock-full of collard greens, mac and cheese and a buttermilk biscuit. Other stand-out entrées include:

  • Catfish and grits, which featured fish, which was at the same time flaky and crispy, and cheesy jalapeño gruyere grits.
  • Pan-fried pork chop with sweet potato hash and broccolini.
  • Pecan-crusted trout with hoppin’ john (essentially dirty rice).

That southern influence extends to their hospitable service. At the end of a meal I had there, a busboy accidentally removed and tossed a dish my friend wanted to take home. The waiter promptly fixed her a new (slightly smaller) portion of her entrée.

Next up on my list to try at Eatonville — the BGLT sandwich (bacon, fried green tomato, lettuce).

Eatonville: The Details

  • Where Am I Going: 2121 14th Street NW (at V Street)
  • When Am I Going: Eatonville is open Monday-Thursday, 11:30 am to 11 pm; Friday, 11:30 am to midnight; Saturday, 10 am to midnight; Sunday, 10 am to 11 pm. Brunch is served Saturday and Sunday, 10 am to 3 pm.
  • Paycheck Pain: Starters are all under 10 bucks, entrees $21 and under, and sandwiches in the $9-$13 range. Cocktails will set you back about 10 bucks.
  • Say What?: You can clearly hear both your dining party and the great tunes with ease.
  • What You’ll Be Eating: Down-home, feel-good, southern cookin.’

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by Borderstan.com June 28, 2012 at 8:00 am 0

"ANC 2B Dupont"

ANC 2B encompasses the Dupont Circle neighborhood. District 04 is in the northeast side of the ANC. (ANC 2B website, boundaries that are in effect for 2012 election)

From Rachel Nania. Check out her blog, Sear, Simmer & Stir. Follow Nania on Twitter @rnania, email her at rachel[AT]borderstan.com

Dupont resident Martin Espinoza officially announced his plans in running for Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner (ANC) in the District 04 seat in 2B/Dupont. According to a statement from Espinoza, he would make the neighborhood’s public safety a priority, and focus on the importance of vigilant and active residents, as well as community involvement and aesthetic restoration.

"Martin Espinoza in Washington DC"

ANC 2B-04 candidate Martin Espinoza. (Courtesy of Martin Espinoza)

Jack Jacobson, the ANC 2B04 incumbent, is currently running for DC School Board in Ward 2. He was elected to the seat in a 2007 special election before winning a pair of two-years terms. Espinoza sits on the Board of Directors for The DC Center and is co-founder of DC Stonewall Sports and DC Stonewall Kickball.

District 04 is the most densely populated, and smallest in geographic area, of ANC 2B‘s nine districts. By law, each ANC district is to have approximately 2,000 residents. The southern boundary is Q Street, running north to S Street NW, and from 15th Street to 17th Street NW.

Both school board and ANC seats are non-partisan, without primaries. The general election is November 6.

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by Borderstan.com June 28, 2012 at 6:00 am 0

"Sunflowers"

“Sunflowers” is by anokarina from the Borderstan Flickr pool.

Photos of the Day are pulled from the Borderstan Reader Photos pool on Flickr.

Today’s photo, “Sunflowers” was taken by anokarina on June 21.

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